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AAP for an "Honest" Neo-Liberalism?


Published On : 20 February 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party leader, Arvind Kejriwal, has spoken at a CII meeting in Delhi recently about his party's economic policy outlook. In the absence of a full-fledged economic policy document of the AAP, Kejriwal's remarks in the speech gives an indication of the ideology and policy approach of the AAP.

Kejriwal said, "Government has no business in business. Government should not do business. All this should be left to the private sector". He also declared that he was against the inspector raj and licence raj.

Some may say that Kejriwal was catering to an audience of industrialists and these remarks should not construed to be their basic economic thinking. But Kejriwal has been consistent in setting out this view. On an earlier occasion, he had said, "As for our economic policies, we are neither capitalist nor socialist or leftist. We are just `aam aadmi'. We are not attached to any particular ideology. We will borrow from any ideology, left or right that solves our problems. But yes, we firmly believe that government has no business to be in `business'. Business should be left to private individuals".

By : NA.

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